Originally Posted by LYNN TIMMER I have just bought 10 Mallard duckings. Have in my storage room with a heat lamp .. How long to I keep them there before moving out into our pond. I have a fenced in pool area... It that a good place to start or is pool water ( with the chemicals ) not good for them.???? I do not want them to young to be placed in our pond, fear of something killing them !!! I would love to get them use to me and times of feeding, so they will come to me ! Later , after in pond , will they eat field corn ! Any help is greatly appreciated.. I want this to be a success for my babiesThank you
Did you specifically buy mallards or do they just look like mallards? Just asking because my tractor supply sells rouen ducklings as mallards. They look very similar except rouen ducklings have two stripes on their face. Mallards only have one.
Also mallards will fly away when they get their feathers......
They prob wont be able to go to the pond till they are fully feathered- 6 weeks or so.
And they will need an enclosure to go into at night so they dont get eaten by anything.
I dont know how others deal with pools/ we dont have a big one. But i wouldnt want them spending much time in there. Ducks poop as soon as they get in water. And poop alot. And they drink alot of the water they are in. So i would be worried about the chemicals.....
Also if you want them tame and to come to you for treats you will need to start right away. You have to spend alot of time with ducklings while they are small to keep them tame and not skittish around you:)
Mine are about 2 weeks old. And very tame now. The first couple days tho they were very skittish and ran like crazy when i tried to catch them. Now when i sit with them they crawl all over my lap and fall asleep on me. All nibble on my fingers. Eat treats from my hands. But i spend time every morning and eveing with them.
How old are your ducklings?